What’s HOT! Central Florida

Finally, everything you need to know in Central Florida to plan your week is wrapped up in a nice neat package. Art, entertainment and cultural events are all covered starting with a wrap up of the previous week and a summary of the hottest events around town.


What’s HOT Central Florida: 11/26 – 12/2

How exciting is it that the holidays are finally coming? I was starting to think that we weren’t going to get cooler weather in Central Florida, but the beginning of this week felt absolutely wonderful! Hopefully the cool temperatures will stay with us. This week, we celebrate Thanksgiving and we honor those we’ve lost on […]


What’s HOT Central Florida! 11/19 – 11/25

I just celebrated a milestone birthday…this past Wednesday, November 11, I turned 30! The weekend before, I visited three Ybor City nightclubs while I was out celebrating my birthday early: Southern Nights Tampa, Liquid Tampa and Bradley’s on 7th. There were large crowds out and about at all three establishments, and everyone was having a […]


What’s HOT Central Florida! 11/12 – 11/18

November is one of my favorite months of the year. Not only does that mean the weather is starting to get cooler (although you wouldn’t know it based on the past week or two we’ve had!), it also means my birthday! It’s a milestone…I’m turning 30! It’s a pretty exciting time too, because as you […]


What’s HOT Central Florida! 11/5 – 11/11

This year has been filled with a lot of joy for the Central Florida community and also a lot of loss. Recently we said goodbye to Georgie’s Alibi St. Petersburg after 15 years in business, and last week we said goodbye to Baxter’s Lounge after being in business for 33 years. A whole slew of […]


What’s HOT Central Florida! 10/29 – 11/4

Happy Halloween, guys! A lot of venues started rolling out their Halloween-themed events early this year, so now everyone is in the spirit! In Tampa, the yearly tradition of the All Hallows Ball saw everyone dressed up as their choice of the seven deadly sins. The Flamingo Resort and Parliament House have had multiple pre-Halloween […]


What’s HOT Central Florida! 10/22 – 10/28

Orlando Pride was such an exciting experience! This was my third year attending as a representative for Hotspots, and I have to say that the crowds were probably the biggest they have ever been! The parade was likewise very impressive. Who could forget the Universal characters like Woody Woodpecker, Scooby Doo, and Betty Boop closing […]


What’s HOT Central Florida: 10/15 – 10/21

Is everyone enjoying the beginning of the fall arts and entertainment season in Central Florida? I know I am. Last week I saw the premiere of Once at the Straz Center in Tampa. I missed it last year so I was very glad I had the chance to see it this time around. There are […]


What’s HOT Central Florida! 10/8 – 10/14

This will be my third year working Orlando Pride for Hotspots, and I am excited beyond words! It’s one thing to see the events on paper but it’s quite another to experience everything all at once. There are lots of fun entertainers who are coming to Orlando to help us celebrate one of the biggest […]


What’s HOT Central Florida: 10/1 – 10/7

October is one of my favorite months of the year because there are so many things going on in Central Florida. I’ve already mentioned the numerous Pride celebrations, with the largest event being Orlando Pride, which is coming up next week. This week, Ocala celebrates Pride, and later this month, Volusia County, Sarasota and Gainesville […]


What’s HOT Central Florida: 9/24 – 9/30

I was saddened to hear the news that Georgie’s Alibi St. Petersburg was closing its doors after fifteen years in business. One of the first gay clubs I ever went to was Georgie’s. I remember seeing my first drag show there, just after I turned 21. Esme Russell was performing that night. What stood out […]


What’s HOT Central Florida! 9/17 – 9/23

I think I’m beginning to notice a change in the weather already. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still hot, but the humidity isn’t the same, and that’s very welcome. Around this time of year, people are feeling more comfortable with walking around than they may have in the stifling heat of July, and you’ll find […]


What’s HOT Central Florida: 9/10 – 9/16

September is a very exciting time for Pride celebrations in Central Florida! First, Tampa Pride will be holding their launch party, “Walk the Plank,” at City Side next Thursday evening. Then the last weekend in September, Space Coast Pride will be held in Melbourne’s Eau Gallie Arts District. That’s not even mentioning the large number […]


What’s HOT Central Florida: 9/3 – 9/9

Recently I visited New England and I had the best time! I had the chance to visit Providence, Boston, and Provincetown. It was my first time in New England and I found that everyone was so warm and friendly. I can’t wait to go back! Now this weekend is a busy one here in Florida; […]

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What’s HOT Central Florida: 8/27 – 9/2

I can’t believe how fast the year is going! Recently I stopped by Southern Nights Tampa to attend the monthly GaYBOR Coalition meeting. They have new officers, so be sure to attend the next meeting if you haven’t met them yet! Across the Bay, Georgie’s Alibi St. Petersburg is celebrating their 15th anniversary, and over […]

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What’s HOT Central Florida: 8/20 – 8/26

Hey guys! Let me tell you about a fun event that I was very honored to attend. Two weekends ago, Balance Tampa Bay held their Masquerade Ball fundraiser at District 3 in downtown Tampa. The proceeds benefited the AIDS Service Association of Pinellas as well as Empath Health. The crowd was very large; I would […]